Throughout Shiawassee County
Discover the riches of the wider and wilder Shiawassee region
Sleepy Hollow State Park
Sleepy Hollow State Park contains over 2,600 acres including a river winding its way through the woods, fields and trails. Lake Ovid nestled in the middle of it all was developed by damming the Little Maple River and covers 410-acres. The park offers year-round opportunity for recreation from swimming and hiking in the summer to cross country skiing in the winter.
Quick Links: Sleepy Hollow SP Homepage
Address: 7835 E. Price Road
Laingsburg, MI 48848-9438
Rose Lake Wildlife Area
Once a working farm, this site now contains a diverse mixture of habitats including lakes, wetlands, old fields, and forest. Work roads that double as multi-use trails traverse the area. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon spotting bitterns expertly camouflaged among the reeds and blue heron perched in the lakes.
Visitors can also practice their target shooting at the shooting range. Both a rifle/pistol range and archery range are provided.
Quick Links: Rose Lake Wildlife Area Homepage
Rose Lake Shooting Range
Location: 8562 Stoll Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Grab your GPS and hit the road to explore Shiawassee County while in search of a geocache treasure. Geocaching brings problem-solving, adventure seeking, outdoor-oriented adults and children together in a community of players who together have made Michigan the state with the 10th most number of geocaches in the country.
In addition to being fun, geocaching can also be educational. Check out EarthCache for caches with earth science lessons, and find the Shiawassee's own EarthCache here!
Quick Links: Shiawassee County Geocaches
Michigan Geocaching Organization
Article on Geocaching in Michigan
Canoeing and Kayaking
Enjoy the county's namesake from the water on a canoe or kayak! Suitable for beginners under non-flood conditions, the river wends its way through scenic farm fields, wooded embankments, marshy floodplains, and even regions of old-growth forest. Passing through many historical communities and public parks, there are many opportunities to launch your boat or come ashore for a picnic lunch. Bring your fishing gear for the river's excellent small mouth bass fishing!
Quick Links: Friends of the Shiawassee River
The Shiawassee River Canoe/Kayak Guide (2013)
Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail
Cheff's Canoe Rental
Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Rail Trail
Forty-two miles of the Fred Meijer CIS Rail Trail run from Owosso to Ionia to connect to the larger network of Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails, providing Shiawassee County residents with access to 125 miles of contiguous trail. Bring your mountain bike in summer or cross-country skis in winter for hours of peaceful sightseeing, exercise, and recreation.
Segments of the trail are paved while others are gravel-covered and not appropriate for road bikes. Check the sites below for more information.
Quick Links: Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails Map
Fred Meijer CIS Rail Trail Facebook
Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trails Webpage
James S. Miner Riverwalk
Five miles of unpaved trail hug the north bank of the Shiawassee River from McCurdy Park in Corunna to Green Meadows/Harmon Partridge Park in Owosso. Interpretive signs dot the trail throughout to educate users' about the river ecosystem and enhance their experience. Pick up the Voight Loop when you reach Owosso to add a beautifully improved extra mile to your journey.
Quick Links: More information on Trails.com
Address: Pick up the trail anywhere on the riverfront between
Green Meadows/Harmon Partridge Park in Owosso
and McCurdy Park in Corunna
Fishing and Wildlife
The Shiawassee is known throughout the Midwest as an excellent place for small mouth bass fishing. Fishermen have also been known to reel in walleye, carp, suckers, pike, rock bass, and blue gill. Locals enjoy the convenience of having the river right in their backyards, and can often be spotted on summer afternoons with fishing pole in hand.
The riverfront is also an excellent place to sample the local fauna, including raccoons, beavers, great blue herons, white tailed deer, wood ducklings, and even the occasional bald eagle.
Quick Links: FishMich blog entry on Shiawassee River Fishing
FishMich directory entry, incl. River Access Points
DNR Shiawassee River Wetlands Wildlife Guide
Harmon Partridge Park
Harmon Partridge Park, also known as Green Meadows, is conveniently located on the Shiawassee River just north of Owosso. The park features a picnic area with grills and a pavilion, as well a ball diamond and playground.
Come out to Harmon-Partridge for a taste of quiet, country recreation right next to Shiawassee County's largest city.
Address: 1698 Chippewa Trail
Owosso, MI 48867
Henderson County Park
Enjoy 28 acres of ancient oaks and mixed hardwoods standing high on riverside bluffs and Shiawassee River bottomlands amidst spring wildflowers or autumn leaves. Henderson Park’s facilities include 3 pavilions with playgrounds, numerous free-standing picnic tables with grills, two ball fields, horse shoe pits, trails, a bluff overlook, restroom facilities, and potable water. Canoe access and a primitive boat launch can also be found at the east end of the park.
Quick Links: Pavilion Reservation
Address: 500 W Henderson Rd.
Henderson, MI 48841
Shiatown County Park
These 6 acres located on either side of the historic Shiatown Dam include the Old Shiawassee Town Square as well as woodland prairies and a diverse collection of trees. Find trails, two pavilions with play areas, numerous free-standing picnic tables with grills, horse shoe pits, pit toilets, and potable water. Canoe access can be found on the east side of the park.
Quick Links: Pavilion Reservation
East Park Map
West Park Map
Address: Near the intersection of Bennington Road and Bancroft Road in Durand, MI
Lytle Road County Park
Admire the beauty of seasonal wildflowers as you enjoy a quick lunch or a lazy day of fishing at this small wayside on the Shiawassee River. Find two picnic tables with grills and a canoe launch at this Shiawassee favorite.
Quick Links: Park Map
Address: At the intersection of Lytle Road and Kerby Road south of Corunna
Geeck Road County Park
Spend a day at this secret hide-away of grassy river lowland on a lazy loop of the Shiawassee River. Find a pavilion, several free standing picnic tables with grills, and a canoe launch. An expansive mown field serves as the perfect venue for a pickup game of soccer or to play catch with the family dog. This park is well-served by a large, gravel parking lot which can accommodate many cars.
Quick Links: Pavilion Reservation
Address: Southwest of Durand where Exchange Road and Geeck Road intersect at the Shiawassee River. The park lies adjacent to a railroad.